PROMONTORY SUMMIT, Utah — “The last tie has been laid; the last rail is placed in position, and the last spike driven, which binds the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with an iron hand,” The Deseret News reported on May 19, 1869, over a week after the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads came together at Promontory Summit, Utah. “The electric flash has borne the tidings to the world and it now devolves upon us the favored eyewitnesses of the momentous feat, to enter our record of the facts.”

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